Aaron Seeman’s onslaught of solo accordion and vocals has astounded audiences of all shapes and sizes.
Maximum Rock ’n Roll, the premier punk magazine, pronounced him “over the top!” for his note-for-note renditions of the entire first Dead Kennedys album, Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables. His repertoire also includes, but is not limited to, 70’s rock, Broadway, klezmer, classical, country, Sousa marches, punk rock, and even a polka or two.
Rather than play hokey accordion versions of these songs, Duckman/Seeman seeks to demonstrate that accordion and vocals alone can evoke the spirit of the song, whether the hard driving rock of AC/DC, the wide vocal range and sonic landscape of Boston, or the supersonic speeds and driving force of Dead Kennedys.
The accordion received a triple blow to its image in American culture that by the 1960’s had done serious damage. First, millions of American children were forced to play the unwieldy instrument against their wills. Second, Lawrence Welk’s widely watched show focused only on the geekiest, corniest aspects of the instrument. Third, there was the rise of rock ’n roll and the electric guitar.
This is not to say that the Duckman renounces geekiness, far from it. But America and the world must be reminded what a powerful and versatile instrument the accordion can be.
“I never thought an accordion could mesmerize me, but it did.” — Tom Anderson, Web review
“…a virtuoso player’ — Will York, San Francisco Bay Guardian
“Duck did a vocal performance that was a warble for warble spot-on Jello.” — Henry Yu, Maximum Rock ‘n Roll
“He used to be a classical pianist, then something went wrong…” — Jason Webley, accordionist and performer
In addition to his accordionizationizing, Aaron Seeman is a founding member, arranger, and vocalist with San Francisco’s Punk Rock Orchestra, which performs full scale orchestral versions of classic punk songs. He also plays accordion in Shamalamacord, Polkacide, and Red Hot Chachkas. Aaron Seeman was a founding member of the eclectic Romanian Music-inspired folk group Fishtank Ensemble. He has recorded with Mr. Bungle and Estradasphere. He is the composer of a modern classical opera “Opium: Diary of a Cure.”
He currently resides in Oakland, California.